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Will Liverpool consider Naby Keita for the wing if Sadio Mane is injured v Burnley?

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Will Liverpool consider Naby Keita for the wing if Sadio Mane is injured v Burnley?

Liverpool travel to Burnley on Wednesday night in the Premier League and will be in good spirits after a dramatic 1-0 Merseyside win over Everton in their last game.

Jurgen Klopp’s side remain unbeaten and second in the league table, with leaders Manchester City just two points in front of them.

The Reds are currently sweating over the fitness of key attacker Sadio Mane, who has scored seven goals in all competitions already this season.

Klopp has confirmed that Mane needs to be assessed ahead of the Burnley fixture after requiring stitches for a cut on his foot, as cited by the official website.

Liverpool could be left in a real mess if Mane is ruled out and would need to find a suitable replacement as the starting left-winger.

 

The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino or Mohamed Salah could be considered genuine options on the left, but could Naby Keita be thrown into the mix too?

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Keita is a versatile midfielder that has had a difficult start to life at Anfield this season and is yet to show the kind of form he did at former club RB Leipzig in Germany.

The 23-year-old has not had the desired impact in the centre of the park and the left flank would be a fairly unfamiliar position for him.

But the Guinea international was shifted out there on the first day of the season against West Ham and had brief stints too at Leipzig.

Keita, who earns £120,000-a-week (Spotrac), is a technically gifted ace with quick feet and drifting in from the left could help him kickstart his Liverpool career if he performers well.

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